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The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11

Dear Parents/Carers

Is it really only just less than a week since we returned to school after half term? Children and staff have settled in very quickly and we are delighted to welcome back Mrs Lawrence to our school community.  Mrs Lawrence will be working with Year 1 children on Fridays until Easter; thereafter she will be in school 3 days a week. Mrs Lawrence will work closely with Mrs Spong to ensure continuity and purposeful planning for our Year 1 children.

‘Koosa’ got off to a good start on Monday. This is the aftercare provider appointed to replace the Barn whose services were withdrawn at the end of last half term. If you are interested in after-care, you can find more information about Koosa below.

School leaders have been busy, both throughout the holiday and over the course of this week, completing our annual ‘safeguarding’, ‘healthy school’ and ‘SEND’ audits. The parent questionnaire has also now been analysed and a report in response to parents’ observations will be prepared and distributed in due course. Thank you to those of you who took the time to complete and return the questionnaire which provides valuable information for both the school and the Good Shepherd Academy Trust.

Year 3 visited Kew Gardens today. Thank you to the teachers and volunteers who accompanied them and to the children for being on ‘best behaviour’.

This week is, of course, book week, including bedtime stories and book character dress up day. More about this below but I should like to say a big thank you to our organiser, Miss Howells, and to children, staff and parents, for entering into the spirit of things.

Well done to Year 6 pupils who presented an entertaining class assembly on Thursday on the subject of their topic work - the Mayan Civilisation. Children enjoyed writing, rehearsing and performing the informative and entertaining assembly. Well done Year 6 and Miss Pringle and Mrs Creswell! Year 6 children also took part in the church’s ‘Open the Book’ team assembly, when they presented the story of ‘Jonah the Groaner’. What a busy week, well done Year 6 and a big thank you to our ‘Open the Book’ team!

Beside encouraging children to develop a life-long love of learning, we endeavour to set an example by continuing with our own learning. This week’s staff professional development training has included NQT

mentor and SEND update training for Mrs Buckley and, next week, I will be attending a safeguarding conference and Miss Clark will participate in a ‘resilience project’ workshop. 

Wishing you all a very pleasant weekend!

Janis Radcliffe



23rd February @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome (please note change of start time)

23rd February

Book Character Dress Up Day

28th February

Y4 Bikeability

1st March

Y2 Marwell Zoo Trip

1st March @ 9.00am

Y1 Class Assembly

1st March

Y5 Bikeability

2nd March

A Little Princess Production – reminder if you haven’t already paid please do so by Friday 23rd February

7th March

Reception Height and Weight Measurements

8th March @ 9.00am

Y2 Class Assembly

8th March

Y6 Football Tournament @ St Bart’s


‘BOOK WEEK’ IS HERE!                   

Tonight we will be hosting our annual ‘Bedtime Stories’ event.  Children are invited to return to school in their pyjamas ready for a bedtime story and a hot chocolate between 6:15 and 7:00pm.  The Book Fair will be open during this time for parents to browse and purchase some new reading books! 

On Friday 23rd February, children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character for our ‘Book Character Dress Up Day’. 


Book week is currently underway with the book fair being open during breakfast club each morning, and each class has had the opportunity to visit throughout the week to explore the range of books on offer.  The fair will also be open to parents during our ‘Bedtime Stories’ event at 6:15 this evening, so please do pop along to browse the bookshelves! 

Before half-term, children were invited to enter a book cover design competition to be in with a chance of winning vouchers to spend at the book fair.  We received a large number of entries, and teachers had a really difficult task when deciding the overall winners; many of the designs were beautifully illustrated with great attention to detail, and the KS2 blurbs for their 500 words stories were thoughtfully written – a huge well done to everyone who entered!  The overall winners in each class are as follows:

Reception B – Betsy; Reception G – Joshua; Year 1 – Eva; Year 2 – Maya

Year 3 – Grace ; Year 4 – Holly; Year 5 – Lily; Year 6 – Daniel


No Y3 netball club Tuesday 27th February.

No Girls Football club on Wednesday 7th March.

The week commencing 19th March the following clubs will be cancelled due to parents evening:

Monday – Get Going and Arts & Crafts

Tuesday – Hockey and Netball Training with Miss Clark

Thursday – Choir, Board Games and homework club


KOOSA Kids are delighted to be opening a new After School Club at St. Mary’s Primary School from the 19th February. Fully Ofsted registered, the club will be open every school day from when school finishes until 6pm, run from the main school hall. Children will get the chance to both relax and take part in a large selection of fun games and activities and a healthy snack will be provided each afternoon. Bookings can be made up to 6pm the working day before you need them (depending on availability) or, if you require childcare on a regular basis, you can set up an agreement which guarantees your sessions each half term. For more information or to make a booking, contact KOOSA Kids on 01276 21884 or visit


We are looking for two parent volunteers to accompany Year 3 on Monday 12th March to Woolmer Hill for a sports morning. This would involve going on the coach at 9am and returning to school at 12 o'clock. Please contact Mr Bannister or Mrs Wright if you are able to help.

All members of the Netball club played a match on Tuesday 20th February against St Bart’s School at home. For some of our players, it was their first match situation. The team we faced was experienced and it was a challenging match! We kept our heads, and improved our defense and attacking with each quarter played. It was good experience for our players and we are now ready to play hard at the Year 6 tournament on Monday 12th of March. Letters to selected players (a team of 7) have been sent this week. Well done Netball club!


On Thursday 1st February, Year 4 attended a dodgeball event at Woolmer Hill with Year 4 classes from other schools in the Confederation.  The children enjoyed both throwing balls at each other while avoiding being hit themselves.  Year 4 were extremely well behaved and were excellent ambassadors for our school.

Calling all adult runners!

On Friday 23rd March Mrs Wright is organising a 12 hour run for Sport Relief: The first 'Chiddingfold dawn till dusk' run. We will set off from St Marys at 6am and continue until 6pm. This will be in a relay style, with runners choosing a time to run and 'tagging' the next runner. 

If you would like to participate: email Mrs Wright with a time slot that you are available for.  Please indicate how long you plan to run for. The route is up to you. You do not have to be a seasoned runner: any time is appreciated. 

If you would like to donate: donate online at


We will be taking part in the fundraising phenomenon Sport Relief on Wednesday 21st March.  As a whole school we will spend the afternoon getting fit by taking part in such activities as relay races, agility, ball skills and yoga.  There will be competitions, fun and of course fundraising.  We will also be supporting Red Nose Day on Friday 23rd March - this will be a red mufti day... more details to follow nearer the time.


Please note that on World Book Day – Thursday 1st March the menu for school dinners will be as follows and not as listed on Scopay:-

Jumbo Cod Fish Finger on a finger roll with tomato ketchup or lemon mayo


Quorn Posh Dog Roll (V)

Served with Potato Smiles, Garden Peas and Sweetcorn followed by

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s Iced Chocolate Cake (V)













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